Church 

Six steps to making your church better

Here are seven steps that show us what ‘loving one another looks like.’ And just so we’re clear about how important the command is: Jesus, Paul, Peter and John all tell the church to love one another. It was a command of Jesus, repeated by his apostles. Jesus: Jn 13:34 “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.” Paul: 1 Th 4:9 “Now concerning brotherly love you have no need for anyone to…

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Church 

No biting in church

There are many things in the Christian life that can be hard to understand and faith in God can throw up as many questions as it does answers. Equally there are many things in the Bible that are easy to understand. Of course easy to understand is not the same as easy to do. Jesus expected that His followers would continue to live out His teachings (Mt 28:20). Jesus expected that the life of his followers would be seen by others and Jesus expected that the watching world would notice…

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Christian Living 

Devotional: Opposites attract

…put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity. Colossians 3:14 I’ve discovered that there’s a certain level of tidiness that I need to feel peaceful and calm in my home. Unfortunately it’s not shared by the rest of my family! One day, after I’d had a good session of tidying up and putting things in piles, my young son, looking slightly baffled, said, “Daddy, mummy’s not like the rest of us is she?” He’s quite right! My husband and I are opposites in many ways. At times it’s…

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Articles 

Confused: About sex

It’s easy to see signs of confusion in contemporary society, confusion over children and even confusion about sex. Pornography is rife and promiscuity is normal, is probably how most religious conservatives would sum up the zeitgesit when it comes to sex. The notion of faithfulness was exposed by the Ashley Madison although their need to create tens of thousands of fake female would-be adulteresses to meet the need of all the cheating men shows where the majority of the problem lies. The idea of abstinence before marriage is ridiculed yet WIRED can write a feature on an…

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This kind of love doesn't exist, does it?

My Dad sent me a newsletter recently and I was struck by an illustration he used so thought I’d reshare it here (apparently it was from the March issue of Evangelicals Now but I couldn’t find the online article there but found the full story here at Wycliffe). “Wycliffe translator Lee Bramlett was confident that God had left His mark on the Hdi culture somewhere, but though he searched, he could not find it. Then one night in a dream, God prompted Lee to look again at the Hdi word…

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I no longer need to be sin-infested

“I no longer need to be sin-infested, guilt-ridden, doubtful, fearful, ashamed, dirty, stained or kept away from the presence of the most Holy One. The blood of Jesus is above the door of my heart and is the banner of my life. I have been cleansed, purified, washed, made white, guilt-free, confident and bold knowing with a clear conscience and a humble and grateful heart that I can come into the presence of God Most High, hear the words ‘let the little children come’ and know that I am allowed…

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What being a dad has taught me (so far)

This is my son Noah and he’s just turned one. He can’t walk by himself yet, his words make no sense (unless you happen to be a car, a dog or are going anywhere – he can say ‘go’) and his main skill is a love of climbing up and down the stairs. Despite his distinct lack of theological training, few people have taught me more about God than my son. Firstly, he has taught me about love. I love my wife Emma, but she’s more competent than me in…

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